‘Satin Doll’


Full nameTradescantia (Andersoniana Group) ‘Satin Doll’.
Name statusAccepted, the valid name for a unique cultivar.

Established with a description by Richards (2004, 2005). Because it is a legal protection registration, the name permanently takes precedence over any other (Brickell et al., 2016, Arts. 11.3, 11.4).

The name has been misspelled ‘Sutton Doll’ (Hatch, 2021).
OriginsOrigins documented by Richards (2004). Bred in a planned programme, to two unidentified parents. Selected in 1998 by Rod Richards in Churt, UK.
ClassificationThe breeder does not consider it to belong to the Tradescantia Andersoniana Group (personal correspondence, David Simspon, 2022), so it is currently treated as an unknown species or hybrid.
Legal protectionPatented in the USA (Richards, 2004).

Previously registered for plant breeder’s rights in the EU, but the rights were surrendered in 2016 (Richards, 2005).
AvailabilityAvailable from a small number of nurseries in Europe.


Described by Richards (2004), with reference to the RHS Colour Chart (3rd edition).

Cultivar groupTradescantia.
Growth habitUpright and compact, moderately vigorous. 24cm high x 20cm spread.
FoliageStems are hairless, moderate yellow green (146C), striped with deep purplish red (71A).

Leaves are about 22-27cm long and 9mm wide, hairless. Blades are strong yellow green (144A), veined with moderate olive green (147A).
FlowersFlower stalks are about 1cm long and 1mm across, moderate yellow green (146C), striped with deep purplish red (71A).

Flower buds are about 1cm long and 0.5cm across, moderate yellow green (147C), striped with moderate purplish red (186B).

Flowers are 3cm across. Petals are hairy and purple (81A inside, 82B outside). Sepals are hairless, insides are purple (81A), outsides are moderate yellow green (147C) striped with moderate purplish red (186B).

Style is purple (81A), stigma is creamy white. Anthers are vivid yellow (16A).


Richards, R. (2004). Tradescantia plant named ‘Satin Doll’ [US plant patent PP14,824 P2]. United States Patent and Trademark Office. Internet Archive link.

Richards, R. (2005). Tradescantia ‘Satin Doll’ [EU plant breeder’s rights registration 15740]. Community Plant Variety Office. Registration document link.

Brickell, C. D., Alexander, C., Cubey, J. J., David, J. C., Hoffman, M. H. A., Leslie, A. C., Malécot, V., Jin, X. (2016). International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. PDF link.

Hatch, L. C. (2021). Hatch’s Perennials 2021-2022 Edition: Taccarum to Typha.